Monday, August 17, 2009
You can grab this for 4$ right now at TJ's. Screw-cap. I have to say, I like the label. There's nothing like a whimsical flying pig to brighten up your day. This wine is much better than the other 4$ wines that I have had recently from Trader Joes. There's something going on, and it's nicely drinkable. Tart red fruit (tending towards raspberry or a bit of plum), some earth, and some herbal notes. Enough tannin to stand up to something and enough acids to balance. Day two, it picks up some chocolatey-licorice character. Quite nice at 4$. B
We also had some friends over for lunch yesterday (herb-roasted pork tenderloin with first of the season chanterelles, roasted fingerlings, a tomato salad, and a bunch of fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto with blue cheese in the middle), and they brought a couple of bottles--2007 Cuvaison Chardonnay Carneros and 2007 Montgras Quatro, from Chile.
The Cuvaison was quite nice and went really well with the chanterelles. Spicy pears, and quite a bit of weight for a Chardonnay, but hey, it's Napa. Oaky...but it mellows with time in the glass. I feel almost sheepish since I love to rail against California, but I enjoyed this bottle. I don't know that I would buy it again, or that I would buy it unprovoked, but it's pretty good. 16$ at K&L. B+
The Montgras is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere, and Syrah. Lots of oak here too...curranty fruit and herbal notes (other reviews say capsicum and leather, which I think is quite accurate). This was okay, but too oaky. Around 15$, which I think is a bit much. Perhaps this wine is a bit young. It seemed a bit on the austere side, but I imagine that this would probably show better in a couple of years. As an aside, I have had some other fruit bombs that were a lot nicer from Chile. They don't need all the oak...C